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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At the Sept. 1 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting, Supervisor Rick Stathakis provided an update on the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s 24 Mile Road water main construction project in terms of its progress and the expected progress by the end of the year.

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Published September 7, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The deaths of seven students in the Utica Community Schools district last year affected students, teachers, administrators and support staff.

In response, the Utica Education Association raised funds for the families of the fallen students, as well as the Shelby Township Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program.

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Published September 6, 2015

UTICA — With a year of celebrations for St. Lawrence Parish’s 150th birthday underway, its annual fundraiser and family fun celebration will feature a salute to a culinary church tradition, an apple pie tasting contest, an apple pie eating contest, and a 5K run/walk.

Applefest, now in its 23rd year, will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 11, from noon to midnight Sept. 12, and from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the parish, located at 44633 Utica Road, south of M-59.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19, the nonprofit, Rochester-based Operation Yellow Ribbon will host its fourth annual picnic to honor military families and raise funds to distribute to families with emergency needs.

The event will take place at the Disabled American Veterans 129 hall in the converted red barn, located at 47326 Dequindre Road, north of Auburn Road. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $25 per person, although local companies are covering the cost of tickets for military families.

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Published September 2, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — While up to 65,000 walkers and runners cross the Mackinac Bridge on foot on Labor Day, 84 swimmers will make the 4.2-mile journey below through the waves and currents of Lake Huron.

Susan Styf, 45, of Shelby Township, will take her place among one of a dozen seven-person teams on Sept. 7. She found out she would be participating on Mother’s Day and raised the required $2,800 for Habitat for Humanity in three months.

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Published September 2, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 18, the Board of Trustees voted 5-2 to finance half of a Macomb County Department of Roads construction project that would reconstruct 22 Mile Road 500 feet east of Shelby Road to Ryan Road, and replace a failing box culvert over the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal.

The cost of the project for the township is $605,908, which will come from the local road paving fund. Township Engineer Carol Thurber explained that Shelby and the MCDR must each pay 50 percent of the cost because 22 Mile Road is considered a local road.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 28, 2015

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued a consumer advisory Aug. 24 regarding products sold at farmers markets and festivals that could pose a potential health risk.

Although no illnesses have been identified, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development spokeswoman Jennifer Holton cautioned consumers to dispose of all products labeled under the brands Brandy’s “Jam”boree-N-More, Brandy & Dutch Weigand or Pier III.

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Published August 27, 2015

On Aug. 27, Gregory Bobchick, 17, and Joseph Narra, 18, both of Shelby Township, appeared before 42nd District Court Judge Denis LeDuc for their preliminary examinations on charges of minors consuming, purchasing or possessing alcohol in relation to a May 8 car crash at Stony Creek Metropark.

Bobchick and Narra were passengers in the car that crashed. The crash killed three of their peers who also were in the car.

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Published August 26, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The recycled art contest hosted by the Shelby Township Solid Waste and Recycling Committee, now in its fifth year, has become a staple at the Shelby Township Art Fair.

This year, the contest received a record 31 submissions in four categories — adult, teen, youth and school — and racked up more than 600 ballots. Fairgoers could choose their favorite piece in each category.

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Published August 26, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the first time, residents were honored during the State of the Township address at The Palazzo Grande on Aug. 4.

“We want to recognize four people in this community who have really done an outstanding job,” Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “They have made our community a better place to live, a better place to do business, a better place to learn and a better place to play.”

Shelby Township Fire Marshal Steve Henion introduced Ed Young and presented him with the Great Place to Live Award.

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Published August 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township will enter into a three-year contract with Utica Van Dyke Towing, effective Sept. 1. The board approved the contract, which was recommended by Police Chief Robert Shelide, in a 6-1 vote July 21.

Shelide ranked the five towing companies that submitted bids based on a 44-point scoring system. He and officer Derek Stansbury, who has been on the front lines of the township’s tow issues, inspected each venue.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 14, 2015

Despite reports of medical waste spilling onto Hall Road, Utica Police Chief David Faber said the contents of what appeared to be a single garbage bag were more medical-type supplies than biohazard waste.

“It was gloves, masks and things like that, some gauze and things along those lines, but it wasn’t hypodermic needles or anything else that could pose a threat to somebody — no blood or tissue samples or anything like that,” Faber said.

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Published August 12, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A Macomb County Department of Roads project that would reconstruct 22 Mile Road from 500 feet east of Shelby Road to Ryan Road depends on Shelby Township Board of Trustees approval.

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Published August 12, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Several local development companies are repurposing the large, stackable steel crates used to ship goods around the world for the quick construction of living quarters.


In Detroit, Three Squared Inc. is developing condominium complexes out of shipping containers, and ModEco Development LLC is finishing a single home out of shipping containers on Rochester Road, south of 12 Mile Road, in Royal Oak.

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